The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Star Tribune.
Advisory Group Finalizes $95 Million List of Ideas for Lakes Harriet and Calhoun
A new name for Lake Calhoun, trail improvements and an ambitious parklike bridge are among the options the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will weigh.
Photo: ELIZABETH FLORES
Restoring the Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska, in place of Calhoun is among the suggestion of an advisory group of citizens.
A new name for Lake Calhoun, trail improvements and an ambitious parklike bridge are among the options the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will weigh in deciding the next 25 years of improvements around lakes Calhoun and Harriet.
The list, generated by an advisory panel of citizens, includes $95 million worth of projects.
“We don’t have enough money to do all these things,” Michael Schroeder, an assistant park superintendent, cautioned the group at its final meeting.
The most expensive suggestion? A proposal to bridge part of W. Lake Street with parkland to connect Calhoun and neighboring Lake of the Isles. A preliminary cost estimate is $37 million.
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